Even though they were set as a strong underdog, the Rovers managed to take a point away from home against Brentford. A point taken before the game would have been a decent outcome, however, no doubt that they will be slightly disappointed since they had the two goals lead during the first hour of play.
Two goals from Armstrong were enough for the double lead, however, these goals somewhat came against the flow of the match as they looked really fine via counters generally. It was Brentford the one that deserved more than a pure loss and managed to get the point.
Blackburn now continued the fine momentum with two victories and a draw in the last three rounds, being just five points behind the playoff zone and a victory here is a must.
Blackburn Rovers team news
Central back Williams (17/3) is out injured, same as offensive midfielders Rothwell (25/0), Dack (22/9), Holtby (18/3) and defensive midfielder Evans (12/0). Most of them actually being sidelined for some time.
After two consecutive defeats, players of Stoke surprised in a really good manner winning at home over Cardiff with a 2:0 result. An own goal brought them into the lead in the first halftime, while it was easier for them to play since then.
The visitors from Cardiff had more of the ball possession in the second trying to level up, while Stoke looked very dangerous via counter-attacks and reached the winning goal via Allen in the 72nd minute. Stoke is now just three points above the red zone placed Wigan and needs to seek points in this one.
Stoke City team news
The guests will miss central back Shawcross (3/0), left-back Ward (14/0), midfielder Verlinden (15/3) and offensive player McClean (27/6) due to injuries.
They better win if they are to fight for the top six
If the Rovers are to challenge for the promotional spot further, this one comes as a must-win for them. Especially since the game is against one of the weakest travelers they’ll meet at home till the end of the season.
Stoke seems too vulnerable at the back for the standards of Blackburn and the hosts should be able to exploit that easier than what the odds suggest.